Divine Empowerment of Leaders

Divine Empowerment of Leaders, Study of Luke(Page 13)

By Allen Quist 

Comparison and Contrast of Acts 2:17-21 to the Original Source, Joel 2:28-32
(part 6)

There is a contemporary example of a “reference” a form of cultural intertexture in the battle between NAACP representing Brown et al. and the Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas. The United States Supreme Court ruled in 1954 in favor of the NAACP, striking down “separate but equal education,” an action setting a new cultural standard moving toward equality. However, it was not until 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 making discrimination illegal based on race, religion, gender, etc. (“Brown vs. Board”). Luke’s use of Peter’s inclusion of “and they [women] shall prophesy” compares to Congress legislating anti-discrimination against blacks because in both situations the authority is authenticating the acceptance of a minority group. Drawing from Luke and Peter’s use of words to clarify God’s intent for gender equality in prophesying, Spirit-empowered leaders are concerned about the reality of inequality of disenfranchised people. Under the divine empowerment of Christian leadership theory, Spirit-empowered leaders are concerned about the reality of inequity among disenfranchised people and people groups. Divine-empowerment is triadic—it involves God providing the burden for disenfranchised people, the leader to act on the burden, and the recipient of the care as the third member of the triad.

Joel 2: 30 I will show portents in the
heavens
and on the earth,

blood and fire and columns of smoke.
Acts 2: 19 And I will show portents in the heaven above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and smoky mist.


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